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New York subway worker caught in trash can explosion

An MTA spokeswoman said the worker in the video of the explosion was not seriously injured.

By Ben Hooper

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- A caught-on-camera New York subway explosion was sparked when a motorman attempted to dislodge a garbage can tossed onto the tracks.

A video posted to YouTube Sunday shows the motorman using a piece of wood to attempt to free the garbage can trapped under the 6 train at the Cypress Avenue station when the bin's proximity to the third rail caused it to shoot off sparks around the Metropolitan Transportation Authority worker.

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Kevin Ortiz, a spokesman for the MTA, said the motorman was not seriously injured in the blast.

Ortiz said the garbage can thrown onto the tracks was the latest in a string of vandalism incidents on the city's subway tracks.

"We continue to work with [the] NYPD who have already arrested individuals a couple of weeks ago," Ortiz told WPIX-TV.

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